STORY AT-A-GLANCE
Micronutrients refer to food-based vitamins and minerals your body requires for optimal functioning. The four primary types are water-soluble vitamins, fat-soluble vitamins, macrominerals and trace minerals
Micronutrients catalyze enzymatic processes, have antioxidant activity and modulate your immune system
Long-term micronutrient deficiencies can contribute to the development of neurodegenerative processes and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Some of the most important micronutrients involved in Alzheimer’s disease are vitamins A, B, C, D and E, selenium, copper, zinc, iron and manganese. In the case of copper, iron and manganese, elevated levels are typically the problem
In the case of Parkinson’s disease, key micronutrients include vitamins A, D, E, B1, B6, B9 and C

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